Nautical in navy and stripes

I have spoken before about the phenomenal qualities of Donna Karan’s dresses (here and here) so I know you are au fait with my love of her design aesthetic. Yesterday I wore another of her magnificent pull-on jersey dresses with a cross-over detail on the bodice. This style of dress is one of my all-time favourites. I love being able to pull it on (no fussy fastenings), the fabric is stretchy (it moves with you) and the draping/ruching/wrap/crossover details flatter endlessly (covering a multitude of sins!). When I wear these dresses, I don’t even feel them on me, that is how comfortable they are.

I would never be able to afford purchasing one full-price (they retail between $1,500 and $2,500). Even massively reduced on sale is a struggle. This is where eBay is my best friend. I got this navy beauty from eBay for approximately US$80. I purchased it a few months ago, but yesterday was its first outing.

Donna Karan navy cross-front dress

I wore my hair in loose waves with neutral makeup

I wore my hair in loose waves with neutral makeup to complement the easy elegance of the dress

I paired it with a white and navy striped cotton jacket I purchased from Sportscraft in the Perth Harbour Town store. I got it reduced from approximately $150 to about $35. In my opinion, the best time to shop Sportscraft is when they do the further reduction on the marked price – from memory, this had been reduced to $49 with an extra 25% or 30% off that price. I get so much wear out of this jacket as it is soft (without being unstructured) and so easy to wear! I love the 3/4 sleeves on it. It looks just as perfect over a simple tank and jeans (in this instance, I prefer boyfriend and distressed).

Donna Karan navy dress & Sportscraft jacket

Navy and white are a no-brainer colour combination. Navy and white stripes paired with more navy is utterly timeless. To ensure the look doesn’t veer into “Gilligan’s Island” costumey, neutral accessories are key. Here, I am wearing a pair of Belle by Sigerson Morrison taupe wedges that have a closed, pointed toe. I bought the shoes from a now defunct online shopping site called Luxagogo for about US$15, reduced from about US$260. If you can’t tell, I am distraught they are no longer operating 🙁

Navy & white striped Sportscraft jacket

I also donned (though they are not pictured) a similarly hued Witchery bag and chocolate brown Proenza Schouler sunglasses. It would be so easy to wear black accessories with this outfit and whilst I am a massive advocate of black and navy, here it would look too heavy.

I always feel Donna Karan dresses exude such an easy glamour – what do you think?


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